India is home to some of the rarest species of wild animals. Due to 25% of the geography being covered in dense forests, there are over 400 national parks around the country. The national parks serve as a natural habitat for various wild animals and wild species of fauna. Various parks also offer a wildlife safari to get you closer to these beasts of the wild. India also boasts many species of lizards, snakes and exquisite birds. However, the animals listed below are very rare to find in other parts of the world. Here are the top 10 wild animals of India.
10. Blue Bull (Nilgai)
The Blue Bull or the Nilgai is the biggest antelope found in Asia. It is a diurnal creature, which means that it is only visible in the day. It can be seen inhabiting the grasslands of India in various national parks, hills, and plains.
9. Indian Bison
The Indian Bison is said to the strongest bovine species to be found. It is found only in the Indian subcontinent and is commonly called Gaur. It is an endangered species and is protected in areas like Bandhavgarh, Kanha, and other wildlife sanctuaries across India.
8. Indian Wild Ass
Commonly known as Khur, the Indian Wild Ass is only found in the state of Gujarat in India. The Khur can be seen in the Little Rann of Kutch in Gujarat. The saline desert, shrub land, and grasslands in arid zones in Gujarat make it the perfect habitat for the Khur. The count of the Indian Wild Ass is slowly diminishing and it has been enlisted as an endangered species in India.
7. Indian Wild Buffalo
The Indian Wild Water Buffalo is known to be the second largest wild bovid. These buffalos are endangered and are found only in protected areas in Bhutan, Assam, and Nepal.
6. Indian Black Bears
Indian Black Bears are more commonly known as the Moon Bear of India or the Himalayan Black Bear or the Asiatic Black Bear. The Indian Black Bear is said to be a very dangerous animals and has been responsible for killing many humans over the years. The biggest predators that the Indian Black Bears are afraid of are wolves, leopards, and tigers.
5. Indian Leopard
Indian Leopards can be found all across India. They are typically found in tropical rain forests or dry deciduous forests. The strength of a leopard is its agility and stealthy approach. It has the ability to climb trees and can usually be seen resting on branches of trees and waiting for its next prey.
4. Great Indian Lion
The Great Indian Lion is among the largest cats found in India. They are found only in Gir Forest located in Gujarat. Their habitat is very small and there are a little over 400 Indian Lions left in the forest of Junagarh.
3. Indian Rhinoceros
The Indian Rhinoceros is also called the Great One Horned Rhinoceros. It is usually found in the North Eastern part of India and some parts of Nepal. It hides itself in tall grasslands or in the foothills of the Himalayas. The largest population of the Indian Rhinoceros can be found at the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary.
2. Great Indian Elephant
Elephants are the most loved animals in India and they hold the most prestigious place in the culture of India. They are well groomed and well taken care of. India used to have the largest population of Elephants, however the number has diminished recently due to mining, human encroachment, and construction of dams. The elephant manages to survive in large scrub forests due to the abundant supply of food and lots of shady areas. The largest population of elephants can be found at the Periyar National Park located in Kerala.
1. Royal Bengal Tiger
The Royal Bengal Tiger is the most royal creature found in the jungles on India. it is even given the title of the National Animal of India. The Royal Bengal Tiger is the biggest species of tiger after the Siberian tiger. The Royal Bengals tigers, however, are larger in physical size than the Siberian tigers. India currently has the largest population of the Royal Bengal Tigers in the Kanha National Park.